The Grand Gala



$160,000 raised at 43rd Annual Grand Gala presented by Sterling Marking Products.

The sold-out event held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 welcomed Michael Rubinoff, producer of Tony Award-nominated Come From Away, as the Gala’s guest of honour. Proceeds from the Gala support the Grand’s Make a Difference program, which funds youth programming such as the High School Project, Holiday Wish for Kids, and the new 100 Schools initiative that will tour a professional theatre production to 100 schools in the community at no charge.

The event hosted 230 guests who dined under the proscenium arch on the historic Spriet Stage, and were treated to a surprise performance by 25 current and past High School Project participants. The featured songs “The Louder We Get” from Prom Queen and “Relativity” from The Theory of Relativity, are both from musicals developed at the Sheridan College Music Theatre Program.

Michael Rubinoff, who is also Associate Dean at Sheridan’s Department of Visual & Performing Arts, spoke about the future of musical theatre in Canada, and the Grand’s High School Project partnership with the Sheridan Musical Theatre Program. Rubinoff was surprised by a congratulatory video from the Broadway cast of Come From Away, including a special message from the Mayor of Gander Newfoundland. Watch the video »

Doug Price, a High School Project alumni and Sheridan College graduate, addressed the audience and described the life-changing impact of his training at the Grand and Sheridan. High School Project participants shared their memories and the impact of this program upon their lives in a video. Watch the video »

The evening concluded with the presentation of three $1000 London Proud Scholarships to HSP alumnae who have been accepted to the Sheridan College Music Theatre Program. Danielle Dixon, Keira Shepherd, and Isabella Wolder were awarded the scholarships in Michael Rubinoff's name, to support the continuation of their onstage performing arts training in the fall.

The Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the 43rd Annual Gala sponsors.

Title Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Make a Difference Community Pillar Partner


Wine Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Catering Sponsor

Floral Sponsor

Golden Ticket Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Centennial Windows
Chorley & Bisset Consultants
Cushman & Wakefield
Hollandia Gardens Pool & Spa
Larry Myny / CIBC Wood Gundy
Sheridan College
TRB Advisory Group / CIBC Wood Gundy

Thank you to all auction / sign up party donors!

Acura West
Anderson Craft Ales
Bertha Archambault
Joan and Richard Bain
Sue Carlyle & Dave Southen
Forked River
Jackie Johnston
Nancy Johnston
Natalie Kearns
Deb & Ron Koudys
Live at the Hippo Pool Events
London Brewery Coop
Long Point Echo Adventures & Burning Kiln Winery
Museum London
North Moore Catering
Holden Rhodes & Killarney Mountain Lodge
Jesse Robertson Jesse
Michael Rubinoff
Roberta & Bob Sokol
Paul Spriet
The Art Gallery of Lambeth
The Plunkett Foundation
Toboggan Brewery
VIA Rail
Western Fair District
Cheryl & Mark Willison

2017 Grand Gala Photos


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